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Foster Resigns as President of The Community Foundation Serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino

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Riverside - The Community Foundation Serving the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino recently announced that Daniel Foster has resigned as President/CEO, and the Board has named Celia Cudiamat, previously VP of Grant Programs, Donor Services & Administration, as the foundation’s Interim President/CEO.

“Daniel has been an exceptional CEO and leader of The Community Foundation. During his tenure he has forged important initiatives and relationships with many nonprofits, business leaders and public officials  working towards our collective goals of improving the quality of life issues throughout our two county region,” said Grover Trask, Chair of the Board of Directors.

“Daniel has made countless contributions to The Community Foundation’s success and visibility, and has nearly doubled our professional and talented staff. During his four year tenure, we had record breaking fundraising and asset growth during difficult economic times. We are truly sad to see him go but know he is doing the right thing.”

Foster will be leaving The Community Foundation on September 18 and will be starting as Executive Director of Oceanside Museum of Art on October 1.

“My last four years with TCF have been some of the best years of my professional life, and I will certainly miss working with the talented and dedicated staff, Board, supporters, friends and partners associated with the Foundation,” says Foster. “I am very proud of the tremendous growth, accomplishments, and prominence that the foundation has achieved during the years of the Great Recession.”

Foster states, “Even though my life and career are changing directions, my commitment to the arts community and so many good people in the Inland Empire will passionately continue.”

Foster submitted his resignation to the Board of Directors last week and the Board selected eight year TCF executive staff member, Celia Cudiamat, as Interim President/CEO, while they conduct their nationwide search for a new President/CEO.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen to lead the foundation during this time of transition and change,” said Cudiamat. “While Daniel will be missed, we want to wish him all the best as he enters a new stage in his life and career.

“His vision helped bring the foundation to the threshold of a new era,” Cudiamat continues. “I am confident in our staff and board as we steadily move forward at this juncture of growth and opportunity.”

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation created by and for the residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Established in 1941, The Community Foundation has $58 million in assets and provides college scholarships and grants to nonprofit organizations across the two-county area. It serves as a regional convener to address issues regarding their Community Initiatives, which include Arts & Culture, Capacity Building, Environmental, Youth Philanthropy, and Education.

Pechanga Orders Up Its First Ever Margarita and Tequila Festival

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100 types of Tequila will be available to sip or mix with margaritas and delicious Mexican tastes

Temecula – As a first in the region, Pechanga will hold a Margarita and Tequila Festival  on Mexican Independence Day, September 15,  from 1pm to 4pm in the Grand Ballroom. High-end tequila producers will make up the more than 100 different types of Tequila to be served, including HYPERLINK "http://www.azuniatequila.com/" \t "_blank" Azunia, HYPERLINK "http://www.claseazul.com/" \t "_blank" Clase Azul , HYPERLINK "http://www.tresagaves.com/" \t "_blank" Tres Agaves, HYPERLINK "http://www.partidatequila.com/" \t "_blank" Partida, HYPERLINK "http://www.tanteotequila.com/" \t "_blank" Tanteo, HYPERLINK "http://patrontequila.com/" \t "_blank" Patron and HYPERLINK "http://tequilaavion.com/" \t "_blank" Tequila Avion, which was featured very prominently in the HBO series “Entourage” .

“We are always looking to create unique events that people do not normally get a chance to attend,” said Pechanga VP of Food & Beverage Dennis Khanh. “I’m sure this will be the first opportunity a lot of the guests will have to taste many of these finer brands of Tequila. It will be both fun and educational to learn about Mexico’s national liquor.” For those used to shooting their tequila with lime and salt, a surprise may be in order as good Tequila is typically sipped straight, since higher-quality 100% agave tequilas do not cause alcohol burn, and salt and lime will remove much of their flavor. Drinking in this manner allows the taster to perceive the subtle flavors and fragrances that mark the finer brands. Nevertheless, tequila is widely known for the flavorful mixes it helps create and distillers will be making an incredible array of margaritas and other concoctions.

Other confirmed Tequila vendors include: HYPERLINK "http://www.tequilaespolon.com/" \t "_blank" Espolon; HYPERLINK "http://us.tequila1921.com/" \t "_blank" 1921 Tequila; HYPERLINK "http://www.hotelcaliforniatequilausa.com/" \t "_blank" Hotel California; HYPERLINK "http://www.elagaveartesanal.com/en/" \t "_blank" El Agave Artesanal; Sauza; and HYPERLINK "http://www.asombrosotequila.com/" \t "_blank" Asombroso. Tequila is distilled, many times, to compliment the spicy Mexican fare of the country. Pechanga’s  award-winning chefs will be manning eight food stations spread throughout the event, and whipping up rellanos, al pastor, tacos, tapas, burritos, ensalada, and, of course, postres to quench the sweet tooth.

Guests can also show off their moves on the dance floor to the Latin old school jams of HYPERLINK "http://www.suavetheband.com/" \t "_blank" Suavé, and Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley will once again host a silent auction to raise funds to provide low income families a chance at home ownership. At the last Pechanga Microbrew Festival in July, Habitat raised more than $12,000. Pechanga is recommending guests have either a designated driver or make a hotel reservation. Availability can be checked at HYPERLINK "http://www.pechanga.com/" \t "_blank" pechanga.com or by calling (888) 732-4264.

Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $45 and include drink and food tastings, as well as a commemorative shot glass. A special ‘designated driver’ ticket is available for $22, and does not include any alcohol tasting.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Pechanga Box Office directly or by calling (877) 711-2946 from noon to 8pm daily, or anytime online at HYPERLINK "http://www.pechanga.com/" \t "_blank" pechanga.com.

City of Riverside’s Water Quality Control Plant Receives Peak Performance Award

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RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Water Quality Control Plant has been selected to receive a Gold Peak Performance Award.  The Peak Performance Awards program presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes public wastewater treatment facilities for their outstanding compliance records in the 2010 calendar year.  NACWA was proud to recognize over 400 Peak Performance Award facilities during the Association’s 2011 Summer Conference and 41st Annual Meeting, held July 19-22, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

The Riverside Water Quality Control Plant provides treatment of all domestic and industrial wastewater generated within the City of Riverside and in the Rubidoux, Edgemont, and Jurupa Community Services Districts.  Treated water (effluent) from the Riverside Water Quality Control Plant flows into the Santa Ana River and downstream to the ocean.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits set effluent limits to maintain environmental standards that ensure safe water for the enjoyment of all.  The Gold Peak Performance Award honors treatment works which have achieved 100 percent compliance with their NPDES permit for an entire calendar year.

“The Riverside Water Quality Control Plant is an outstanding example of environmental efforts.   NACWA is honored to showcase the achievements of the City of Riverside and our nation’s public wastewater utilities through the Peak Performance Awards Program.” Ken Kirk, NACWA’s Executive Director. For more information on The City of Riverside’s water quality efforts, contact Gary Valladao at 951-351-6140, or visit www.riversideca.gov/sewer.

District Attorney Releases Gang Stats

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SAN BERNARDINO – The latest gang statistics for the second quarter of 2012 have been compiled by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. Statistics for the quarter of April 1, 2012, through June 30, 2012, show that 362 cases were filed from all divisions. There were 158 state prison commitments obtained with a total of 1,495 years of state prison. Ninety-four gang enhancements were found true and 9 were found guilty by jury trial.

Since the Gang Program’s inception in July 2005, 7,375 cases have been filed; 2 on death row; 4,419 state prison commitments; 30,717 + 144 life terms years in state prison; 1,623 gang enhancements have been found true and 42 were found guilty by jury trial.

“It continues to be critically important that we focus our efforts on fighting gangs in San Bernardino County,” said District Attorney Michael Ramos “Our partnership with the Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff’s Department and our local police agencies is paying off. Rest assured, we will continue to put these local terrorists in prison and seek the maximum sentencing allowed.”

Mark Takano: “It’s Time to Clean Up Congress”

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House candidate announces first items of a reform agenda

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA — Mark Takano, candidate for Congress in the 41st District of California, recently announced the first components of a plan to bring needed reform to the United States House of Representatives. In announcing this initiative, Takano released the following statement:

“It’s clear to anyone paying attention that our Congress is broken. Big oil companies, powerful insurance companies and special interest lobbyists have rigged the system, and our middle class is suffering for it. At the end of last month, Congress went on vacation despite failing to renew tax cuts for middle class families or pass a single bill to help put struggling Americans back to work. People who play by the rules are tired of watching the rich and powerful cut deals to get ahead by cutting in line. Today, I’m announcing the first part of my plan to end the special interest stranglehold in Washington: ending public pensions for members of Congress who leave office and become lobbyists, requiring members of Congress to disclose all meetings with lobbyists, and ending the pay-to-play system that gives big donors easier access to testify before Congressional committees. Limiting the influence of powerful lobbyists is the first step towards putting Congress back to work for middle class Americans. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. But if Republicans in Washington won’t take steps to clean up our politics, then if elected to Congress, I will.” The Takano Congressional Reform Agenda includes: Ending Taxpayer-Paid Pensions for Lawmakers Who Become Lobbyists. Members of Congress who leave public office and “cash in” their connections for high-paid positions in lobbying firms wouldn’t also be able to receive their taxpayer-funded Congressional pension. House Republicans voted to protect pensions for former members turned millionaire lobbyists on May 10, 2012.

Requiring Disclosure of Meetings with Lobbyists. The White House discloses all meetings between the President and lobbyists, and so should members of Congress. Ending Special Access for Campaign Donors. Members of Congress routinely invite large contributors to speak before Congressional Committees, a pay-to-play system that gives special interests greater access to lawmakers than regular Americans. This arrangement would be barred. Takano also asked members of the community to join his initiative by sharing their thoughts on ways to reform Congress through a page on his campaign website, www.marktakano.com.

A lifelong resident of Riverside, Mark Takano was elected to the Riverside Community College District Board of Trustees in 1990 and won re-election to the board in 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2008. He is the longest serving current board member and one of the longest serving Democratic elected officials in Riverside County. He helped lead the project to establish the RCCD’s Center for Social Justice. Takano has worked as a classroom teacher in the Rialto Unified School District for the past 23 years.

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